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Top 5 Things VOIP Can Do For Your Business

VOIP is an acronym for Voice Over Internet Protocol, or in more common terms phone service over the Internet. If you have a reasonable qualityInternet connection you can get phone service delivered through your Internet instead of from your local phone company.

 

1)With VoIP, you can make a call from anywhere you have broadband connectivity. Since the IP phones broadcast their info over the Internet.

2)They can be administered by the provider anywhere there’s a connection.

The top five myths of safe web browsing

There are  a lot of misconceptions out there about safe web browsing. Without the facts it’s impossible to stay protected against today’s changing threats.

 

Myth: A strict browsing policy that only lets users visit trusted sites keeps us safe.
Fact: There’s no such thing as a trusted site and users may be easily bypassing your policy

Myth: Scanning downloaded files for viruses keeps us secure. 
Fact:
 That won’t help you against drive-by infections,

Support Contract V PAYG

So you have taken the plunge and seen the light and decided to call in the experts to take care of all your IT needs. Then they say would you like “Monthly Support Contract” or “Pay As You Go” or even worse they don’t give you the option!!

Here’s a few things to think about when deciding which way to jump:

Pay as You Go Support  

  • If you have a robust super duper network that doesn’t cause you much of an issue then this could be a good option for you.
  •  It’s great for those who have an existing IT department and just need additional resources, from time to time be it a major project or as simple as holiday cover.

Ease Your Cashflow Without Sacrificing Your Network

“I purchase appreciating assets and rent depreciating assets”

John Paul Getty
(founder of Getty Oil and in 1957 named the richest living American)

 

Financing technical equipment including computers, servers, telephone systems and CCTV offers an attractive alternative to paying cash. From a purely fiscal perspective, the assumption that finance is more expensive than cash is, in the majority of cases, a myth. It is an increasingly popular way for businesses to help ease the burden on capex and lets not forget it’s 100% tax allowable!!

If you’re thinking about updating your network, installing  CCTV or investing in the latest phone system, then here’s some food for thought:

Stepping out of the comfort zone…

Stepping out of the comfort zone…

Now I know this isn’t exactly  an “IT” style post however it got lots of comments and people talking when I posted it on our website a few weeks ago. Some of you may well know Nick Hill and some of you may have even been at the realm of Mr Hill’s amazing tactics!

A few weeks ago I spent a day learning the art of the “60 Second elevator pitch”

For those networkers amongst you,  you’ll know exactly what it is. For those who have not yet had the pleasure of networking it is in short “how you’d describe your business if you were in an elevator with someone for 60 seconds”.

Sounds really simple when you put it like that however trust me when I say it is far from simple. The idea is you’ve got between 40 and 60 seconds to pitch your business. Try doing it without waffling, going off on a tangent or without having palpitations, spitting your breakfast everywhere or blushing like a plump English strawberry.

Ever wondered what the benefits are of investing in a server for your business?

Have you ever wondered what the benefits are of investing in a server for your business? Are you ready to take the leap but aren’t sure what benefit it will bring?

1. Get a comprehensive, all-in-one solution.
Windows Small Business Server 2008 takes the guesswork out of selecting software for your network. It brings together the Microsoft product technologies that businesses need most into a single solution.

2. Stay connected to your customers, vendors & Suppliers
With access to contacts, appointments and files from any internet-connected PC or mobile device, you can be responsive to customers, vendors and suppliers even when you’re not in the office.

What’s your “Disaster Recovery” plan?

Disaster recovery as a concept developed in the mid to late 1970s as computer centre managers began to recognize the dependence of their organizations on their computer systems. Wikipedia

New solutions enable not just large organisations but small and medium sized businesses to protect their critical data against unplanned business interruption for a fraction of previous costs.

In today’s world, organisations are increasingly aware of the threats to business continuity. These range from virus attacks, power outages and natural disasters, through to less evocative but equally serious challenges such as equipment failures, network interruptions, or simple human errors. Small and medium-sized organisations are particularly at threat from such risks. As a result, it is vital that SMEs formulate a business continuity plan that mitigates their exposure to risks. From an IT point of view, the plan should include protecting against the effects of data loss or corruption and should provide a practical and cost-effective path towards protecting critical information.

Top 5 Reasons you should have a disaster recovery plan: